in case you haven't noticed, the pittsburgh pirates are a first place team. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at your sports headlines. good morning. i know it's only july, and there are some 60 games left in the season, but give it up for the pittsburgh pirates. what do you say? a team that has not been relevant since the clinton administration is now atop the nl central. everybody likes a winner, and the pirates are the talk of the town in pittsburgh. the only run of the game andrew mchitchin, a ground-out. pirates up 1-0. the thing that made this team different from the past, pitching. james mcdonald, and three relievers combined for a six-hit shut-out. do not adjust your audio. the pirates are in first place and beat the reds 1-0. the rays lost the last two games, but the baseball gods made up for it last night. eddie. in came a run. yanks and rays tied 2-2. yanks and rays. johnny damon to center. curtis granderson made a grab. sent the ball halfway to tallahassee.